Beautiful day. Cool temperatures, with a few inches of snow on the summit.
Done before the rains came.
Hit this peak on a fairly strenuous day hike taking us from Elk Pass; over Nippletop, Dial, and Bear Den; and down.
Lot of snow. Broke trail most of the way. Slow going. We originally wanted to do Colvin, but everyone was too tired. We came back over the fish hawk cliffs and Indian Head. We managed to camp in a low spot and the wind was howlin' above our heads. We were comfy. Learned our lesson from the year before, I suppose. :-)
Best Day I've seen in the Daks in years.
Nasty thunderstorm on the way down from Nippletop. Unfortunately I didn't learn my lesson with thunderstorms until eleven years later during an even nastier T-storm.
Nothing spectacular after climbing Nippletop but still a nice view and hike
Reached Dial Mountain on the way to Nippletop, passing Bear Den Mountain along the way.
Via bear den. The fresh, heavy snow (varying from 1 to 4 inches) from the night before was quite beautiful, but everything began to melt throughout the day. Snow falling off the trees made us very wet.
there is still bear mtn
Great day for it.
Just a path covered by trees and a big rock on the top. A means to an end... to get to Nippletop... where the real nice views begin.
Did loop. Hot and Hazy out. Bad black flies.
Hiked over this summit on the way back to the trailhead from Nippletop in the rain. Not much else to say.
Great view from the summit, nice moderate loop with Nippletop or easy day hike if you stop at Dial
Cool rock near the summit to sit on for snacktime. I bet somewhere out there in that sea of white clouds was an outstanding view.
Did I mention that it might rain today? The hut guy said that to me. Screw him--I like the rain, I can get the summit to myself. So there. Put that in your pipe and smoke it...But it really never stopped raining.
Moderate to steep in parts, clear day. snow covered, nice day for the loop. Did Dial, Nippletop and Colvin.
Hiked in the snow all the way. Descending was a lot of fun. The Great Range was beautiful to see. I was glad I chose a clear day for this route.
I had lunch on the big rock near the sign, summit or no summit it was a great view.
The loop took me 7hr 45min to complete.
A new set of signs and some good trail maintenace by the ATS (Adirondack Trail Society) made this a good days hiking.
The new sign at the lookout will of course make everyone think they are at the summit but it all depends on who you talk to.
This was the first time I was in the area since the 1999 fire and I was very impressed by the great views it created.
One also sees how fast mother nature recalims its own as it is completly covered in 1 m high popular and will be totaly over grown in a few more years.
I wish I came a few weeks later as the place is awash in rasberrys and would of made for a good snack.